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ZZ Top - Greatest Hits (1992) [Re-Up]

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ZZ Top - Greatest Hits (1992) [Re-Up]

ZZ Top - Greatest Hits (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 532 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 203 Mb
Label: Warner Bros. | # 7599-26846-2 | Time: 01:12:50 | Scans included
Blues-Rock, Boogie Rock, Hard Rock, Southern Rock

R.I.P. Joseph Michael "Dusty" Hill (May 19, 1949 – July 28, 2021)

This isn't a perfect roundup of ZZ Top's superstar years of the '80s, but it comes pretty close. It dips back into the '70s for "Pearl Necklace" and "La Grange," with a couple of selections from the post-peak '90s, but this does offer the MTV-era basics: "Gimme All Your Lovin'," "Sharp Dressed Man," "Rough Boy," "Tush," "My Head's in Mississippi," "Doubleback," "Cheap Sunglasses," "Sleeping Bag." What slows this record down are some new cuts and album tracks that don't deserve to be here, along with a remix, not the original version, of "Legs." Still, that may just be quibbling for some listeners, since the basics are all here, making this a good complement to the '70s-focused The Best of ZZ Top.

Jeremy Spencer - Precious Little (2006)

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Jeremy Spencer - Precious Little (2006)

Jeremy Spencer - Precious Little (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 312 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 136 Mb | Scans included | 00:46:52
Modern Electric Blues, British Blues, Rock & Roll, Blues-Rock | Label: Blind Pig | # BPCD 5106

It's been nearly 33 years since Jeremy Spencer, the slide guitarist and vocalist in the original Fleetwood Mac, walked into silence, obscurity, and cult mystery – not unlike his bandmate Peter Green, who returned to active recording before Spencer had. Precious Little was licensed to Blind Pig from the Bluestown Records label in Norway. This isn't some stodgy codger trying for one last blast of fame before he goes out into the long good night. In fact, Precious Little is an effortless, relaxed presentation of the blues through the fantastic voice and stellar guitar playing of a bona fide British bluesman. One might complain that this set is perhaps a bit too laid-back, but that complaint is small when taking in the communication that's happening between Spencer and his Norwegian blues band in a studio that has the old mixing board from Stax! The material is a mixture of originals and covers that Spencer plays either on his National Steel with a humbucking pickup or one of his fine electric guitars. The warmth in his voice and the ease of his playing is that of a master musician.

Rick Vito - Lucky in Love: The Best of Rick Vito (2009)

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Rick Vito - Lucky in Love: The Best of Rick Vito (2009)

Rick Vito - Lucky in Love: The Best of Rick Vito (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 523 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 197 Mb | Scans included | 01:16:56
Blues-Rock, Blues, Roots Rock, Rhythm & Blues | Label: Hypertension | # HYP 9268

Lucky in Love: The Best of Rick Vito is a compilation album by former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Rick Vito. This 19-song collection features some of Rick's finest work from all seven of his solo CDs. If you love great slide-blues guitar, roots-rock, and soulfully-crafted songs and vocals, you need this CD!

Blood, Sweat & Tears - Child Is Father To The Man (1968) Japanese Blu-spec CD, Remastered Reissue 2012

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Blood, Sweat & Tears - Child Is Father To The Man (1968) Japanese Blu-spec CD, Remastered Reissue 2012

Blood, Sweat & Tears - Child Is Father To The Man (1968)
Japanese Blu-spec CD, Remastered Reissue 2012

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 385 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 148 Mb | Scans ~ 85 Mb
Label: Sony Records Int'l | # SICP 20411 | Time: 01:04:07
Blues-Rock, Jazz-Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Classic Rock

Child Is Father to the Man is keyboard player/singer/arranger Al Kooper's finest work, an album on which he moves the folk-blues-rock amalgamation of the Blues Project into even wider pastures, taking in classical and jazz elements (including strings and horns), all without losing the pop essence that makes the hybrid work. This is one of the great albums of the eclectic post-Sgt. Pepper era of the late '60s, a time when you could borrow styles from Greenwich Village contemporary folk to San Francisco acid rock and mix them into what seemed to have the potential to become a new American musical form. It's Kooper's bluesy songs, such as "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know" and "I Can't Quit Her," and his singing that are the primary focus, but the album is an aural delight; listen to the way the bass guitar interacts with the horns on "My Days Are Numbered" or the charming arrangement and Steve Katz's vocal on Tim Buckley's "Morning Glory." Then Kooper sings Harry Nilsson's "Without Her" over a delicate, jazzy backing with flügelhorn/alto saxophone interplay by Randy Brecker and Fred Lipsius.

Howlin' Wolf - The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions (1971) [Japanese Edition 2006] Re-Up

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Howlin' Wolf - The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions (1971) [Japanese Edition 2006] Re-Up

Howlin' Wolf - The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions (1971) Japanese Edition 2006
featuring Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Bill Wyman & Charlie Watts

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 320 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 129 Mb | Scans ~ 59 Mb
Chicago Blues, Electric Blues, Blues-Rock | Label: Universal | # UICY-3475 | 00:56:30

The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions is an album by blues musician Howlin' Wolf, released in the summer of 1971 on Chess Records. It was one of the first of the super session blues albums, setting a blues master among famous musicians from the second generation of rock and roll, in this case Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Charlie Watts, and Bill Wyman. It peaked at #79 on the Billboard 200.

Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - The Legendary A&M Sessions (1984) EP, Recorded in 1966

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Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - The Legendary A&M Sessions (1984) EP, Recorded in 1966

Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - The Legendary A&M Sessions (1984) EP
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 70 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 29 Mb | Scans ~ 38 Mb
Blues-Rock, Experimental Rock, Proto-Punk | Label: Edsel | # BLIMPCD 902 | 00:11:45

The Legendary A&M Sessions is an extended play featuring five songs by Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band, recorded early in their career for their original record label A&M Records. The EP was released by the company in 1984 after Captain Beefheart had gone into retirement. The EP is compiled from two singles originally released through A&M in 1966. The first of these paired the Bo Diddley cover "Diddy Wah Diddy" with a track written by Don Van Vliet (Beefheart) called "Who Do You Think You're Fooling?"

VA - A Tribute To Stevie Ray Vaughan (1996) [Re-Up]

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VA - A Tribute To Stevie Ray Vaughan (1996) [Re-Up]

VA - A Tribute To Stevie Ray Vaughan (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 384 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 131 Mb | Scans ~ 92 Mb
Blues, Modern Electric Blues, Blues Rock | Label: Epic | # EK 67599 | Time: 01:57:01

The 1996 concert video A Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan gathers Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, B.B. King, Art Neville, Dr. John, and brother Jimmie Vaughan to celebrate the talent and life of the modern electric blues guitar virtuoso. Double Trouble and the Tilt-a-Whirl Band support these stars as they interpret Vaughan's songbook in an 80-minute concert; brief interviews with the featured artists enrich the proceedings with even more respect and affection. Highlights of Vaughan's performance on the PBS series Austin City Limits hit home just how great a talent was lost when he was killed in 1990. Ultimately, though, A Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan focuses on the uplifting memory of his warmth and musical gifts, keeping them alive with the help of his very able friends.

Zola Moon - Lost In The Blues (1995)

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Zola Moon - Lost In The Blues (1995)

Zola Moon - Lost In The Blues (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 342 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 130 Mb | Scans included
Modern Electic Blues, Soul-Blues, Blues-Rock | Label: ZYX | # ZYX 20368-2 | 00:54:53

Female blues singer and songwriter Zola Moon was born in San Jose, CA, but her powerful song stylings might mislead listeners to guess that she was raised in the Deep South of Louisiana or Mississippi on grounds better known for producing great blues artists. She is self-taught, though she does mention numerous musical influences, ranging from B. B. King and Muddy Waters to Hank Williams and Tina Turner. Even with all of those wonderful influences, Zola Moon has worked hard to keep her sound all her own. Lost in the BluesZola Moon began her career in blues about 1983, in the San Francisco area. After seven years of performing, which helped her grow a large fan base, she finally released a debut album in 1990. It was titled Dangerous Love and recorded under the BareMoon Records label. Five years later, and with a new label, she finished work on an enjoyable sophomore offering, Lost in the Blues. It was followed in 1998 by Almost Crazy and then in 2000 by Earthquakes, Thunder, and Smiling Lighting. Some of the original blues tunes fans can sample on Zola Moon's albums are "Doll House," "Lucky Me," "I Look at the Fool," "Imagination," "Alley Cat," "Hollywood to the Hood," and "I Don't Think So."

Melvin Taylor & The Slack Band - Rendezvous With The Blues (2002)

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Melvin Taylor & The Slack Band - Rendezvous With The Blues (2002)

Melvin Taylor & The Slack Band - Rendezvous With The Blues (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 374 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 128 Mb | Scans ~ 58 Mb
Label: Evidence Records | # ECD 26123-2 | Time: 00:55:38
Electric Blues, Chicago Blues, Blues-Rock, Jazz-Blues

Rendezvous With the Blues marks another step in the normalization of Melvin Taylor. With Lucky Peterson on keyboards, Taylor is much more the featured lead guitarist in a straight-band context that too often finds him fighting for room to move in the full arrangements. He takes a jazzy lead on the opening "Coming Home Baby," but that runs counter to the measured, mid-tempo groove that dominates the first three tracks and seems like a move to court the contemporary rock-blues audience. So does some of the material – no originals, with ZZ Top, Stephen Stills, and Carlos Santana's tribute to John Lee Hooker in the songwriter credits on one side and Charles Singleton and Prince for contemporary black funk/rock relevance on the other. Horns kick in to punctuate the slinky, clavinet-anchored funk on "I'm the Man Down There," but Taylor's solo gets cluttered up by a duel with Peterson (on guitar here). Taylor is better-served when he escapes the rock beat straitjacket on "Tribute to John Lee Hooker" – the Latin-tinged rhythms give his guitar more freedom to float and sting.

Elvin Bishop - Big Fun (1988)

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Elvin Bishop - Big Fun (1988)

Elvin Bishop - Big Fun (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 222 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 86 Mb | Scans included
Modern Electric Blues, Blues-Rock | Label: Alligator | # ALCD 4767 | 00:35:59

When Bishop played guitar with Paul Butterfield in the 1960s he fancied himself a countrified hippie named Pig Boy Cranshaw. His sense of humor remains intact decades later, evidenced on a relaxed blues-oriented rock program shot through with a smart sort of bumpkin levity. He never could sing (it was Mickey Thomas on his 1970s smash "Fooled Around and Fell in Love"), but his guitar rides roughshod over those of many a better-known blues artist.

Vinegar Joe - Albums Collection 1972-1993 (4CD)

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Vinegar Joe - Albums Collection 1972-1993 (4CD)

Vinegar Joe - Albums Collection 1972-1993 (4CD)
EAC | FLAC | Image/Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.22 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 480 Mb | Scans ~ 214 Mb
Classic Rock, Boogie Rock, Rock & Roll, Blues-Rock, Rhythm & Blues | Time: 03:13:07

Vinegar Joe might very easily have been Island Records' answer to the Allman Bros. or Wet Willie. A sextet formed out of a busted big-band rock outfit called Dada, they were brought together at the suggestion of Island founder Chris Blackwell. Elkie Brooks (vocals), Robert Palmer (vocals, guitar), Pete Gage (guitars, piano), and Steve York (bass, harmonica), were at the core of the group, with Tim Hinkley and then Mike Deacon on keyboards, and Conrad Isadore and Keef Hartley, and then John Woods and Pete Gavin on drums–the band cut three albums for between 1971 and 1973. Their live shows were well reviewed and attracted significant audiences in England, but this was never reflected in their record sales. They split up in 1973, with Robert Palmer becoming an international star as a pop-rock blue-eyed soul singer and Elkie Brooks a success as an MOR singer with Pete Gage as her arranger. Collection includes: Vinegar Joe (1972); Rock'n Roll Gypsies (1972); Six Star General (1973); Six Star Gypsies (1993).

Al Kooper - Rekooperation (1994)

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Al Kooper - Rekooperation (1994)

Al Kooper - Rekooperation (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 363 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 139 Mb | Scans ~ 50 Mb
Label: Music Masters Rock | # 01612-65107-2 | Time: 01:00:16
Rock & Roll, Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Blues-Rock

The best of all of Al Kooper's studio albums, Rekooperation is a mostly instrumental album, on which the artist (playing organ and piano, and occasional guitar) and a band including Jimmy Vivino, Harvey Brooks, and Fred Walcott, among others, roar and pound their way through a baker's dozen of R&B, rock & roll, and soul classics. Everything from chestnuts like "Soul Twist," "Honky Tonk," "Johnny B. Goode," "Clean Up Woman," and " "Don't Be Cruel" to originals such as "Downtime" and "Alvino Johnson's Shuffle," without a notable gap in quality between them, are included – and the one vocal number, "I Wanna Little Girl," contains one of the finest singing performances that Kooper has ever turned in on record (but is also played so well, that it would work as an instrumental too). In many ways, this recording is a distant cousin to Blood, Sweat & Tears' Child Is Father to the Man, and was his first attempt at leading a band since that 1968 venture, which was sort of fitting since it led to Soul of a Man, Kooper's live-in-concert career retrospective album, the next time out.

Robert Randolph & The Family Band - Unclassified (2003)

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Robert Randolph & The Family Band - Unclassified (2003)

Robert Randolph & The Family Band - Unclassified (2003)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 325 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 110 Mb | Scans ~ 282 Mb
Label: Warner Bros. Records, Dare Records | # 48472-2 | Time: 00:47:47
Blues-Rock, Funk, Electric Blues, Jam Bands, Pedal Steel Guitar

The second full-length from sacred steel genius Robert Randolph & the Family Band delivers, from the studio, the same promise, grit, grease, and sweat that Live at the Wetlands did. Randolph pulls out the stops in the studio, using his own band, without any of the hotshot guest stars who he's appeared with in the last two years. Unclassified features a road-tested, studio-savvy band using all of its collected gifts with producer Jim Scott to make a record that is as much about soul, funk, hard rock, folk, and jam band intensity as it is about the gospel music that first inspired the unit.

Sena Ehrhardt - All In (2013) [Re-Up]

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Sena Ehrhardt - All In (2013) [Re-Up]

Sena Ehrhardt - All In (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 374 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 129 Mb | Scans included
Contemporary Blues, Blues-Rock | Label: Blind Pig | # BPCD 5151 | Time: 00:47:10

Sena Ehrhardt's second Blind Pig release is a combination of soulful, roots-oriented music that incorporates blues-rock, reggae, soul-blues, and funk. The influence of multi-Grammy-award winner Jim Gaines, who has worked with numerous rock and blues performers, definitely made a difference in utilizing and combining the eclectic mixture without losing the identity of the band – Steve Hansen on bass, Tim Hasler on drums, and Sena's father, Ed Ehrhardt, on guitar. Seven of the songs on All In were written by Sena and her father, including the reflective closing track "Dreamin' or Dyin.'" Also of special note among the 11 tunes are the cover versions of Solomon Burke's "Cry to Me" and "Cold Cold Feeling," originally recorded by T-Bone Walker.

Chris Smither - It Ain't Easy (1984) Extended Reissue 1989

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Chris Smither - It Ain't Easy (1984) Extended Reissue 1989

Chris Smither - It Ain't Easy (1984) Extended Reissue 1989
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 217 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 110 Mb | Scans included
Blues, Folk, Folk-Rock, Blues-Rock | Label: Genes/Adelphi | # GCD 1031 | 00:40:09

Following two releases for Poppy Records in the early '70s, as well as a third recording that never saw the light of day, Chris Smither finally returned in 1984 with It Ain't Easy. Armed simply with guitar and voice, Smither delivers a dozen tunes (14 on the CD reissue) that embody the best tradition of blues and folk. Whether it's his originals, a standard like "Glory of Love," or material by the likes of Randy Newman, Chuck Berry, Mississippi John Hurt, and Howlin' Wolf, Smither infuses every track with the same timeless quality. Though he may, on occasion, choose rather standard folk, blues, and rock & roll fare ("Green Rocky Road," "Sittin' on Top of the World," "Maybelline") Smither never treats the songs as if they were museum pieces. In his hands, they're given a life and vitality they probably haven't seen in years. His masterful guitar work and dark, resonant baritone are ideally suited to the songs on It Ain't Easy. Like Mississippi John Hurt or Reverend Gary Davis, his playing is that perfect combination of simplicity and sophistication, discovering and filling harmonic voids without ever overstating or wasting a single note. There's not a false moment on the entire record. Highly recommended. (AMG)